4.4 Nicodemus Visited Jesus at Night

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4.4 Nicodemus,1 a Pharisee and Jewish ruler, came to Jesus one night and said, “Master, we know that you are a teacher from God, for the signs you perform cant be done except with God.”

Jesus answered, Truly, unless one is reborn2 from above, one cant see Gods kingdom. Nicodemus said, “How can an adult re-enter his mothers womb and be reborn?”

Feb 2 Jesus replied, “Truly, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cant enter Gods kingdom.3 Mankind reproduces by flesh, but the Spirit gives birth, spirit to spirit. Dont be shocked by my saying you must be born again from above. The wind blows where it pleases and you hear it, but you do not know its origin or destination. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can these happen?” Nicodemus answered.

Jesus said, “You, an Israeli teacher, dont know these things? Truly, we speak and testify to what we know and have seen, and our testimony you dont accept.

Feb 3 When I talk of earthly things and you dont believe, how can you believe when I talk about heavenly things? No one has ever ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven - the Son of man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must I be lifted4 up, that everyone believing in me may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send His Son to condemn, but through him to save the world. Whoever believes in him escapes judgment; but the unbeliever stands condemned, because he doesnt believe in the name of Gods only begotten Son.

Feb 4 The judgment is this: Light entered the world, but men preferred darkness because their works were evil. Evildoers hate the light, avoiding it because it reproves their works. Whoever practices truth wants light on it, so that it may be clear that his works have been done through God.”